Funding for Salmon Habitat

Photo showing students from Mt. Rainier High School planting trees on Massey Creek in October 2002

Do you have a habitat restoration or protection project in mind? Are you looking for money to help make your good idea for salmon a reality? The WRIA 9 Watershed Salmon Habitat Team can help you find money through a variety of sources.

Two funding sources are directed in part by the Watershed Ecosystem Forum:

Entities participating in the watershed salmon habitat recovery process have also implemented habitat projects on their own or through other funding opportunities. To learn more about projects completed in your community, visit the Local Activities and Partners page. For updated information, visit the Habitat Work Schedule (HWS) database website and click on WRIA 9 on the map.

Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Since 1999, the Watershed Ecosystem Forum (Forum) and its predecessor committee has annually solicited, reviewed and ranked applications for state and federal funding administered through the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB).

Between 1999 and 2009 ("pre-SRFB" allocation and rounds 1-10), 33 projects in the watershed have received SRFB (and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration) grants totaling $13 million. These funds have in turn leveraged over $16 million in local, state, and federal funds.

For each SRFB funding round, the WRIA 9 Forum seeks proposals for habitat projects that contribute to Chinook salmon recovery in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed. Restoration, acquisition, and assessment projects that benefit Chinook salmon, and the habitat and ecosystem functions on which they depend are eligible. Proposals must have strong technical merit, meet SRFB requirements, and be recommended in or consistent with the Salmon Habitat Plan. Cities, King County, Tribes, non-profit groups, conservation districts, regional fisheries enhancement groups, and special purpose districts all are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Karen Bergeron, Habitat Projects Coordinator, 206-477-4641.

Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program

In 2012 the King County Flood Control District (FCD) agreed to provide funding to support watershed salmon recovery projects and activities in King County watersheds through a Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program. The WRIA 9 Forum makes recommendations about how to use the approximate $1.5 million in CWM funds annually to to support habitat protection and restoration projects, stewardship projects and programs, and essential technical assessments.

To learn more about funding through the WRIA 9 Forum/CWM partnership, contact Karen Bergeron, Habitat Projects Coordinator, 206-477-4641.

Other Funding Opportunities

King Conservation District Funds (KCD)

Prior to 2012 the Watershed Ecosystem Forum made annual recommendations about how to use approximately $1.1 million in King Conservation District funds to support projects, programs, and technical assessments. The money came from a county-wide $10 per parcel assessment that funds the activities of KCD as well as projects through other watershed forums in King County.

Projects funded through KCD:

Learn about possible funding mechanisms to support salmon recovery.